“She was told by her lawyer that Stephen is going to court on Friday with hopes of getting full custody of their daughter,” a source close to the singer told Radar.
Because of scheduling conflicts, the hearing was postponed to Tuesday, September 4. But now, the judge has decided to hold the court hearing on Friday, August 30 in downtown Los Angeles. Both are expected to appear.
The insider added Belafonte will ask for random drug testing at the court hearing.
"The judge can't order Mel to rehab, but can order random drug testing," the source added.
"Stephen wants his ex-wife to get proper treatment and is concerned for the safety and welfare of their daughter, Madison,” the insider said. “Stephen is planning on bringing Mel's former friend, Rusty Updegraff, who has allegedly witnessed her being under the influence in front of the children as a witness. Rusty claims to have in his possession, hours of video of Mel under the influence which Stephen wants the judge to see.”
Earlier this month, the couple agreed to 50/50 custody of their daughter.
The former Spice Girls star recently told The Sun that she is entering rehab because of alcohol issues following her nasty divorce from Belafonte.
“I have made the decision to go into a proper therapy program in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me,” Mel said. “The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me.”
She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after her divorce and death of her father Martin Brown.
“I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life,” Mel said. “I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.”
She added, “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that. I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do – but I am dealing with it."
Amid their divorce battle, she has accused Belafonte of sex scandals and abuse, which he has denied.
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